The Importance of Good Electrical Engineering in Designing your Building
May 23, 2014
When it comes to designing your building, good electrical engineering is crucial. An electrical engineer is responsible for numerous building functions such as power, lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation and water amenities.
Before you begin a building project, it is imperative that you consult with a quality electrical engineer and a construct a plan that outlines every detail. Even the construction site needs to be determined if it is suitable for building. An electrical engineer will be able to access if there is easy access for supply lines and if the land is appropriate for the specific job.
Once construction begins, the electrical engineer will monitor an installer’s work to ensure that the services confer with the design and code standards. Some engineers also maintain the services even after the building is finished.
Specialized Electrical Engineers
There are many types of electrical engineers. Some have experience in all types of building services. As well, some specialize in exact areas such as ventilation and heating, security and fire alarms, lighting or power.
At times it is best to hire a specialized engineer if a certain job needs done. In the long run, a qualified specialist will do the job right and save you money. An engineer that is not experienced in a certain area may overlook important issues that could end up costing a lot of time, money and labor.
Energy Efficient and Sustainable
A good electrical engineer plays a vital role in making sure that the project is energy efficient and sustainable. An engineer that is innovative will keep current with the new standards of sustainable regulations and more rigorous standards. This ensures that the construction is done right the first time. Having to redo projects is very expensive.
Continual Design System Changes
When it comes to constructing a building, there are various electrical system design challenges that seem to be continually changing. A good electrical engineer should be up-to-date on various aspects such as the following:
- Construction documents
- Sustainable energy including renewable and efficiency
- Integrated systems testing for control systems, electrical and HVAC
- Developing 3-D modeling platforms; current trends are Bentley and BIM-Revit
- Standards and incorporation of smart power distribution system, smart grid technology, and smart peak load demand controls and smart metering
What to Look For
A qualified electrical engineer has a few key advantages such as good focus on electrical design, achieve significant time savings during the development stage, can incorporate design changes accurately and modify a variety of electrical systems if needed. As well, a good electrical engineer should be able to calculate performance and costs plus completely understand complex electrical systems.
A licensed electrical engineer should have the following credentials:
- Verifiable Work Experience
- Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam
- Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam
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